Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

Your overripe bananas don't need to go to waste anymore. Everyone will go "bananas" for this sweet, delectable jam/sauce on everything from waffles to ice cream, crepes to cake filling. I've never done the full canning routine with this, since it's sealed in the jars while hot, but I suppose you could. Recipe from the Joy of Desserts website, adapted slightly for personal taste.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thaw bananas if frozen. (I often store up my overripe bananas in a freezer bag in the freezer until I have enough to make something.).
  2. Peel bananas, and mash smooth.
  3. Mix water, lime juice, sugars, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger over medium heat and stir until thickened.
  4. Add mashed bananas and let cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add rum during the last few minutes of cooking.
  6. Place hot banana jam into sterilized jars. Place lids on and seal.
Most Helpful

4 5

Pretty good. Made this today, but I messed up and boiled it for about 20 minutes. I added ingredients as stated, though I only ended up with 5 1/2 pint jars..oops. Anyhoo, I canned them anyway. It's good jam, though very very sweet! I would try it again.

5 5

Having never tried Banana Jam and new to making jam and after reading the other reviews, I modified this a little bit; I used white sugar, lemon juice, agave rum and no or low sugar pectin. I followed the directions for the most part, except after thickening the sauce I added the pectin and banana's brought to a boil that could not be stirred down for about a minute. Then put into jars and processed. The pectin made it more jam like, one review said it was more of a sauce. Overall excellent taste, I think next time, I'll just leave the rum out, the smell gave the wife a headache.

5 5

Delicious! This would make a wonderful dessert sauce if not boiled to jam stage. I didnt have lime so used lemon juice & used white sugar in place of light brown (because we only get one sort of brown sugar in NZ). Am just making my second batch ( I bought a whole box of salad bananas!) & have halved the amount of cinnamon plus added a tablespoon of butter. Also sliced my bananas this time rather than pre-mashing so I get a few fruity chunks.